View Full Version : Encode a DVD to DivX AVI (Family video)

19-05-2003, 10:11 AM
Ive had a relative send over a DVD from goodness knows where, but they're made a DVD and its got a nice menu to choose a slideshow of images (only about 15) or a 2 hour long video.


How would I go about saving that Video to a DivX compressed AVI file so that I can pass around the DVD to the rest of the NZ relatives, but still keep a copy of it myself.

I'd prefer if it was under 700MB so I can burn it to a CD (I have about 2 gigs HDD space), or even 1.3ish gigs so I could put it on two CD's.

Ive had a loot around online.. tried DVD-To-AVI and that didnt work, wanted over 5 gigs for the file.

I have installed DivX 5.05 (maye .03).

Where to from here?



19-05-2003, 10:47 AM
I haven't done that kind of conversion before.
but in theory:

use a dvd ripper to transfer frames to hard disk.

then use virtualdub to convert/compress to divX avi, assuming u already got divX5.05.

if u got a free version/shareware version of divX, and choose to compress audio, the audio quality won't be good. if leave audio not compressed, the resultant avi file will be fatter.

good luck

19-05-2003, 12:30 PM
Hi chilling...

The sites you want to look at are:

The program you want to use for best results is Gordians Knot. The problem with Gordians Knot is its high learning curve in comparison to step-by-step rippers (none of which seem to work decently these days :( )

So read up on how to use Gordians Knot and you should soon be ripping to a very high quality divx


19-05-2003, 03:08 PM
Thanks, I'll look into it, although it appears I may need a little more than 1 1/2 Gigs to save to... so I may need to give it a miss until I can buy a larger HDD for a new PC... :-)



19-05-2003, 04:24 PM
Check out this site.

Have found it most useful for similar project! Seems to have links to everything you need and instructions. I had never done anything like this before and it worked perfectly first time!


19-05-2003, 05:54 PM
Hi Chilling,
There's a freeware program called EasyDivX that does it all for you and puts the converted file into a folder ready for you to burn to CD. It lets you chose whether you want it to fit on one CD or two, and adjusts the video quality to suit.

19-05-2003, 05:59 PM
yeah there are a few easy ones like easydivx and vidomi but the lack of fine tuning advailable is often the big drawback which is why i ended up with Gordians Knot, exspecilly so if you use Xvid or make Ogg's.

19-05-2003, 11:24 PM
Err.. But dont both these apps need approx 8+ Gigs for Temp storage space?

I have 1.5ish.. :-(

19-05-2003, 11:34 PM
not to sure with the easy apps but i know with Gordians Knot you can do it without ripping the Vobs completly to the harddrive. look for the limited space ripping guides.

20-05-2003, 12:07 AM
Ok. Assuming this is a DVD that was made for you, there shouldn't be any protection. Here's what you should do. Go to http://www.afterdawn.com/articles/archive/dvd2divx.cfm and follow the instructions, but insted of ripping, skip to the DVD2AVI section and open the VOB files directly from the DVD disk!

20-05-2003, 12:16 PM
>>Err.. But dont both these apps need approx 8+ Gigs for Temp storage space?

they only need 8 gigs if the video on the dvd has taken up 8 gigs.. a few of the dvd's that I've ripped have only needed 3 gigs space for example... whereas bigger movies like forrest gump, saving private ryan etc easily use 7 gigs or so...

so it depends on the size of the video..

you could rip one vob, encode it, delete the vob and repeat until you have a series of encoded avi's, then just append (join) them in virtualdub and voila

21-05-2003, 01:27 PM
try dvdx an opensource dvd ripper for windows. I've been using it for ages and it rips on the fly so no massive use of disk space, it can be found at